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Chicago P.D. detectives and couple Lindsay (Sophia Bush) and Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer) have been going strong for most of the NBC cop drama’s current season. But fans have been pressed to find much supporting evidence to that fact.
Despite rekindling their on-and-off-again romance in the fifth episode of the season, scenes for “Linstead,” as they are better known to the show’s loyal fans, have been few and far between. While they continue to work together and occasionally call each other an affectionate nickname, their relationship off-the-clock and away from the office has not gotten much screen time, much to fans’ dismay after waiting two seasons for the two to give it a proper go.
Even an entire episode that was set to center on the couple as they embarked on a work-related road trip got the axe.
“We have to make allowances that there’s a lot happening off-camera,” Bush told The Hollywood Reporter prior to Saturday’s PaleyFest event celebrating Chicago P.D. executive producer Dick Wolf. “We know that the audience wants to see more than they’re getting.”
While the road trip episode, set to be episode 15 of season three, was scrapped before production began, Bush revealed that there have been some other filmed Linstead moments that haven’t made it past the cutting room floor.
“We tend to lose about 10 minutes of script an episode so there have been scenes that have been shot for us, for Marina [Squerciati] and Brian [Geraghty], for LaRoyce [Hawkins], for Elias [Koteas] and the girl who was playing his newly discovered daughter [Alina Taber] … and we lose a lot of it because at the end of the day, we have to tell a story about the case that we are solving,” Bush said. “There’s no one who wishes that all those scenes made it in the episodes more than our cast but them the brakes. It’s a champagne problem.”
Bush, who acknowledges that she’s tried to calm fans about the lack of love for Linstead. “We are certainly trying to figure out how to interject those moments but also, these are professional people,” she said. “They’re not at work to flirt, they’re at work to work.”
However, it sounds like things are looking up for the couple as the series heads into the final episodes of season three. (The show was already renewed for a fourth season back in November.) “There’s a scene coming up that we just shot that I think will please people very much,” teased Bush.
Chicago P.D. airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on NBC.
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